World music magazine Songlines have partnered with PRS Foundation to offer UK music creators the opportunity to remix a David Attenborough field recording, and the winner will receive an award at this year’s ceremony.
UK music creators can upload their remixes of David Attenborough’s Gender Wayang from the critically acclaimed album My Field Recordings From Across the Planet as of today (Wednesday), and the deadline for submissions is 10 June.
A panel including Sir David Attenborough, Cerys Matthews, Ghostpoet, Matthew Herbert, Hannah Peel and Giles Peterson will collate a 6-remix shortlist before the public vote on the winning version.
The winner will be announced on 1 November and the awards ceremony will take place at EartH in Hackney, London on 30 November.
After the winner has received their reward at the Songlines Music Awards ceremony they will perform at the aftershow party.
To enter the competition entrants will need to download the track and will have until 6pm on 10 Monday June 2019 to submit their remix via a private SoundCloud link.
In 1956 Attenborough travelled to Indonesia with the BBC to search for the Komodo dragon and subsequently encountered gamelan music.
He remembers: ‘The villagers will sit down while the leader of the gamelan orchestra will convey his composition, teaching them, one at a time how to play. They then play this concerted music with extraordinary precision and real zest. So it is haunting music that you hear every night – or you did in those days, in the villages of Bali.’
Paul Geoghegan, publishing director, Songlines magazine says: ‘Songlines is delighted to be partnering with PRS Foundation on this exciting remix competition, featuring one of the field recordings Sir David Attenborough made over 60 years ago in Bali.
‘The album of all the recordings he made between 1954-1963 – My Field Recordings from Across the Planet – is a fascinating window into Attenborough’s extensive travels during the 50s and 60s. We hope that this remix competition will expose more music-lovers to Attenborough’s work as a world music collector as well as giving the nominees & winner international exposure.’
Vanessa Reed, chief executive officer, PRS Foundation added: ‘Creating unique opportunities for music creators has always been at the heart of our work at PRS Foundation. This chance to remix one of David Attenborough’s field recordings enables UK music creators to take extraordinary sounds, from the past and from other side of the world, in a completely new direction. I can’t wait to hear the creative responses this competition inspires.’